Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Kenyan president and opposition leader meet in bid to heal divisions

Kenyan president and opposition leader meet in bid to heal divisions

"As we invite more investors into energy generation, I would like to call on the private sector to take advantage of opportunities in the energy transmission", said Kenyatta when he addressed a business delegation from France in Nairobi on Tuesday.

"We have agreed that Kenya is greater than any individual and as leaders we have a duty to find solution to what ails the country", Kenyatta said while flanked by Odinga, the leader of the main opposition coalition, National Super Alliance (NASA).

"I have been advised of media reports that the People's President, Raila Amolo Odinga has "reconciled" with the despotic president Uhuru Kenyatta".

The apex court went on to order a re-run in October, which Odinga boycotted.

"There is no question about USA commitment to Kenya on trade and security", he said, according to a statement issued after the meeting from Kenyatta's office.

"There is no question about USA commitment to Kenya on trade and security", Mr Tillerson said during the meeting at State House, Nairobi.

"The US is glad to see Kenya building investor confidence because that will help in the growth of the economy", the US Secretary of State stated.

His statement comes as a section of NASA principals bash Odinga for meeting Uhuru without informing them terming the meeting an act of betrayal.

Before Friday's meeting, the two men had defied calls from Kenyan civil society, religious leaders and Western diplomats to hold talks to overcome deep divisions opened up by the disputed elections.

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He said the security situation is still dependent on AMISOM and Somalia partners, and that the planned UN/AU withdrawal of AMISOM by 2020 needs to be carefully reviewed.

Prominent anti-corruption campaigner John Githongo said it was hard to understand why the meeting happened now and he cautioned that "the devil is in the details". "We refuse to allow our diversity to kill our nation".

Kalonzo Musyoka, Mudavadi, and Moses Wetang'ula asserted they were not aware of the meeting.

Friday's breakthrough came just hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's first official visit Kenya.

For many observers, the historical divisions between the Kenyatta and Odinga dynasties and the ethnic groups they represent cloud the promise of Kenya's democracy. "They have successfully engineered this", said Aly Khan Satchu, an independent analyst in Nairobi.

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"It's a really good step towards harmonizing the country", said Brian Wanjoki, a pedestrian.

This article was reported by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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